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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird the world of Maycomb is depicted as a depressing place that is divided along racial lines Hope that attitudes are changing not everyone has racist views and that there is a possibility of a fairer future are given to the reader by the characters Atticus Finch Dolphus Raymond and Link Deas Atticus shows that you have to stand up for what you believe in even if it is not what everyone else believes in He shows this by defending a black man Tom Robinson in court and in turn having to go against a white womans word Atticus knows that it is the right thing to do and is willing to stand by Tom even though everyone else is saying bad things about him The reader learns this as when Scout tells Atticus Well most folks seem to think theyre and youre wrong Atticus says to her Theyre certainly entitled to think that and theyre entitled to full respect for their opinions but before I can live with other folks Ive got to live with myself The one thing that doesnt abide by majority rule is a persons conscience Thus showing the reader that not everyone has racist views and that there is hope for a fairer futureThe fact that Atticus hires a black woman to help him around his house and to care for his children proves that his views are not racist The reader sees that Calpurnia is more than just a housekeeper but rather part of the family and the mother figure to the children Atticus says to Aunt Alexandra Shes a faithful member of this family and youll simply have to accept things the way they are This statement adds to the view of Calpurnia not being just a housekeeper as Atticus is prepared to defend her Atticus also often sides with Calpurnia instead of his own children and allows her to punish
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